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19 games, Win 6, Loss 10: Liverpool have a HUGE away problem to solve



Liverpool’s 1-0 defeat at Bournemouth was their tenth defeat this season. They have only lost two in the entire 2021/22 season.

Liverpool have been far from the best this season, but at least they have been tough to beat at home.

The Reds have only lost once at Anfield in the Premier League, against Leeds in October, while away from home it was a different story altogether.

? #LFC Premier League away records this season:

13 played
3 won
drawn 3
7 lost
13 scored
Granted 20
Goal difference -7

Liverpool have lost seven of their 13 away league games and 10 of 19 in all competitions, and are yet to play Man City and Chelsea on the pitch.

Even Real Madrid at the Bernabeu won’t be an easy feat.

Fight against the ground

The Reds’ defeat at Bournemouth was their second to bottom of the table this season and their fourth defeat to a team in the relegation zone.

It’s clear Liverpool can still perform at a very high level at times – wins against Man City and Man United prove that – but a general malaise amongst the squad has left the side struggling against weaker sides in the league.

Away, Jurgen Klopp’s team struggles to collect points. Liverpool’s inability to produce consistent results against teams they are better at on paper is the main reason they have so quickly become a team struggling to qualify for European football.

While some players are clearly on the decline, there also seems to be a mentality issue.

Not too long ago Klopp described his team as ‘mental freaks’ and one of the reasons Liverpool have done so well in recent seasons is their ability to recover.

Even with a goal deficit, players and fans were confident that if the Reds stuck to their plan, they would get back in the game.

How things have changed. As This Is Anfield contributor Joel Rabinowitz pointed out, Liverpool conceded their first league goals 13 times and won only twice.

What did Klopp say?

The incredible energy that Liverpool possessed as they scored 97, 99 and 92 points in aggregate was key to their triumphs.

In 2016, Klopp said: “No playmaker in the world can be as good as a good counter-presser.” In 2019, assistant Pepijn Lijnders said: “Our identity is intensity.”

At Anfield, with the help of the crowd, Liverpool still retain some of the intensity necessary for the success of Klopp’s system.

Away, however, the players seem to lack the ability to win the ball high up the pitch often enough. Speaking after Saturday’s game against Bournemouth, Klopp said: “In home games we’re in the top four, but in away games we’re not even in Europe. There’s always a reason and our away results are definitely [the reason].

“It was a big strength for us last year, it really paid off

play into their hands

After the game, Klopp also said: “We played the game Bournemouth wanted us to do for 95 minutes.

“In the first half, our best two or three moments were similar, finding half space and entering behind the final line.”

In all competitions this season, Liverpool have played 19 away games, conceding 30 goals and scoring 28, although seven of those came in a game against Rangers.

According to FBref, they average 31.2 shot actions per game at home while they drop to 26.1 away; at home, their expected goal ratio (xG) is 3.24 per game compared to 1.61 away. At Anfield, opposing teams are averaging 1.1 xG, while from distance it is 1.72.

Not often enough have the Reds found a way to break up the opposition when faced with a low block.

Bournemouth weren’t particularly defensive in the first half, but quickly circled the Liverpool players once they moved into the bottom third.

While Klopp escaped, Liverpool played as Bournemouth wanted Liverpool to play, for them.

Could the big opportunity help? Next up is a trip to the Bernabéu to take on Real Madrid, who haven’t been in great form lately.

While the Blancos humiliated the Reds at Anfield, they have won just one of their last four and it would give the players a reminder of their prowess if they went there and won at least that night.

This is especially true considering how they were outclassed in the second half of the first leg.

Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal therefore make up Liverpool’s next three games after the international break, with City and Chelsea both away in the space of four days.

Again, perhaps it suits Liverpool to play against stronger teams, who have been better as a team on the counterattack this season.